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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 23, 2013 - Volume 406
The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1) Macworld Australia is gradually giving us "100 More Things Every Mac User Should Know." This installment addresses the desktop and dock:

2) Jeff Bishop is chronicling his experiences learning Android on his blog:

3) This page gives instructions on using Google Docs with JAWS, NVDA, ChromeVox and VoiceOver:

4) NVDA 2013.1 has been released, with support for PowerPoint, an improved laptop keyboard layout and some enhanced Braille support:

5) VICT Consultancy has updated its two enhancement programs for NVDA, VTurbo:

And VMouse:

Podcasts demonstrating the programs and their new features are also available:

6) Humanware and Aubible have worked out arrangements so that the new generation Victor Reader Stream plays Audible books:

7) From AccessU 2013 comes slides from the presentation "Introduction to Mobile Accessibility":

8) CANnect says it is developing "The most comprehensive, most accessible collection of online learning opportunities for people with visual impairments."

9) Dancing Dots has released the latest version of its CakeTalking access solution for SONAR, the powerful multi-track audio production software from Cakewalk. A detailed podcast is available for download:

Or stream:

10) This well-conceived article is called "Seven simple tricks to impressively speed up slow iPads":

11) Executive Products has launched a $49 case for the Focus 14 Blue Braille display:

12) A blind English teacher in Macedonia has formed two Yahoo groups. To join Blind_Educators, send a blank message to:

And the address to join Blind_Singles is:

13) The now-free J-Tools Version 6 has been released, bringing enhancements to JAWS functionality, and this is a direct link to a podcast about it:

14) In other podcasts:

From AppleVis:

Sound like a pop star with Improvox:
Use the Clock app on your iDevice to beat the smoke alarm, and so much more:

mScribble: Create Music by Simply Scribbling on the Screen of your iDevice:

Quick Tip for VoiceOver Users: Locking Screen Orientation on your iDevice:

From BlindGeekZone:

Installing custom Android ROMs

Dan's accessibility review of google play music update:


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